Friday, 25 May 2012
#069 Clifford Arms, Great Haywood, Staffs : 1991 to 2011
Our first visit to the Clifford Arms in Great Haywood was on our 1991 canal trip taking our boat Emma Jane 'down south' after she'd spent a few years moored near to Wigan.
This was taken on Saturday 27th July 1991. At the time it was a welcome find, a nice pub that did good food. We probably did a bit of a pub crawl around the village once we'd eaten!
Our next visit wasn't until Sunday 24th August 2003 during a trip that had taken us to Leicester. Looking at our boating log tells me that we actually stopped at Little Haywood, but I have a feeling that there was no food available there on a Sunday so we took the short stroll to Great Haywood.
Surprisingly, the Clifford Arms was almost completely unchanged in the intervening 12 years.
Next visit was on the evening of Tuesday 6th June 2006 on one of our frequent trips taking in the Midlands north of Birmingham.
This time, the 'Bass' sign has gone, but apart from that it was unchanged.
The next time we were passing Great Haywood was on Tuesday 1st June 2010 on a repeat of the 2006 trip.
From this angle you can see that, in addition to the removal of the 'Bass' sign, the 'Clifford Arms' sign has been replaced with a smaller version.
Our most recent visit was last year on Monday 29th August 2011 on our way up to the Caldon Canal.
This was our first ever lunchtime visit to the Clifford Arms and, although it was a Bank Holiday, the service and food quality was as good as ever. No apparent changes in the year since our last visit. The Clifford Arms now has its own website.